European Masterpiece (Westbound) 202024 DAYS FROM ONLY $10,717
Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia
Cruise through the majestic, narrow passage of the Iron Gates Gorge, followed by guided sightseeing in Vidin and an excursion to Belogradchik, with its ancient fortress and tremendous rock formations on the Balkan Mountains. In Serbia, take a guided tour of Belgrade, and see the most preserved Croatian fortress in Osijek. Enjoy a performance by students of the Franjo Kuhac music school. Tour the historic town of Pécs before cruising to Budapest. Explore Vienna’s historic Habsburg Empire—including the Imperial Palace, Vienna Opera House, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Visit charming Dürnstein and Melk—in the vineyard-rich Wachau Valley. Hear the legendary tale of King Richard the Lionheart in Dürnstein, and tour Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey. Enjoy a guided walk through the “City of Three Rivers”—Passau—before sailing to Regensburg. See the timbered houses of Roth, or tour Nuremberg’s historic sites, including Kaiserburg Castle or the Nuremberg WWII Third Reich Rally Grounds. Take an excursion from Nuremberg to Munich to see Nymphenburg Palace. In Bamberg, tour the city of seven hills, then visit Bavaria’s largest wine region in Kitzingen and quaint Volkach. Tour Würzburg—the “Pearl of the Romantic Road,” as well as a charming Main River village. Your cruise concludes in Mainz.
Tour HighlightsDay 1 Bucharest: welcome to BucharestDay 2 Bucharest–Fetesti (Embarkation): guided sightseeing in Bucharest; onboard welcome receptionDay 3 St. Gheorghe: excursion to Danube Delta; km 0 celebration Day 4 Cernavoda. Excursion to Constanta: guided sightseeing, visit the National History and Archaeological Museum in ConstantaDay 5 Rousse. Excursion to Veliko Târnovo & Arbanassi: guided sightseeing, visit Tsarevet’s Fortress in Veliko Târnovo, and the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Nativity in Arbanassi; or guided sightseeing, or jogging tour in RousseDay 6 Vidin–Belogradchik: guided sightseeing to Vidin’s fortress, see the rock formations in Belogradchik Day 7 Iron Gates–Donji Milanovac: scenic cruise through the Iron Gates gorge; visit Lepenski Vir archaeological siteDay 8 Belgrade: guided sightseeingDay 9 Osijek: guided tour; concert performanceDay 10 Mohács. Excursion to Pécs: guided tour and organ concert in PécsDay 11 Budapest: guided tourDay 12 Vienna: scenic sailing, pass through Bratislava Day 13 Vienna: guided sightseeingDay 14 Dürnstein–Wachau Valley–Melk: choice of guided tour, or hike up to the castle ruins in Dürnstein; scenic cruise through the Wachau Valley; guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey in Melk; wine tasting on boardDay 15 Passau: guided walk Day 16 Regensburg: guided walk; beer tasting on boardDay 17 Roth: lecture on board; choice of guided sightseeing in Nuremberg or Roth, or Nuremberg Rally Grounds tourDay 18 Nuremberg. Excursion to Munich: guided sightseeing in Munich, see the MarienplatzDay 19 Bamberg: guided tour, see the Old Town Hall; beer tasting on board Day 20 Volkach—Kitzingen: guided tours Day 21 Würzburg: guided tour, visit the Bishop’s ResidenzDay 22 Main river village: guided walkDay 23 Mainz (Disembarkation): your vacation ends this morning
- In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
- Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.